Mike Trim

Wednesday, 20 February 2008 16:27

Designer and Effects wizard on the Anderson shows as well as artist for Jeff Wayne's "War of the Worlds" album ...


Mike is well-known for his work as a designer and model-maker with Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's Century 21 Organisation, on their highly successful science-fiction television shows Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, Joe 90, and the live-action drama series UFO.

Mike was visual effects designer for most of the Anderson series from the Thunderbirds episode "End of the Road" onwards to UFO. Among his designs were Eddie's tractor from Thunderbirds, the SPV, MSV and Angel aircraft from Scarlet, and the Shadair SST and SHADO Mobile from UFO. He came up through the ranks, eventually reaching the status of being assistant to the legendary special effects guru Derek Meddings.

The hub of the Nuclear Waste Disposal Areas from Space:1999 was the swansong for Mike from the Anderson years, perfecting models in several sizes, the largest being the one in scale with the 44-inch Eagle spacecraft, as waste cans are extracted and dispersed in the first episode "Breakaway".

With this pedigree behind him, art director Ray Chan hired Mike for the 2004 Thunderbirds movie, and he worked on developing some of the new pod vehicle designs, including the Mole, Firefly and Thunderizer.

Mike also spent twenty years working as a highly-respected freelance illustrator. He is perhaps best known for his concept designs and front cover artwork for Jeff Wayne's iconic album "War of the Worlds".

His highly detailed technical artwork of aircraft, ships, military vehicles and cars, in such publications as the successful "Profile" and Osprey "Airwar" series of the 1970s, led to work for a wide variety of publications, including factual children’s books, encyclopaedias and numerous hardback and paperback jackets, where his accuracy, attention to detail and highly realistic dramatic action paintings were much appreciated by authors and publishers alike.

Now, after teaching art and design for over 16 years, he is back designing for SF film and TV projects, mainly using marker-rendering techniques, as well as undertaking commissions from America, Canada, Britain and Europe, several of which feature craft he had designed for the original Anderson shows. His subjects cover all aspects of aerospace and aviation, maritime subjects (both current and historical), as well as wildlife, still-life and landscapes. These can be executed in a variety of medias, including oil, acrylic, gouache, water-colour, pastel, coloured pencil, pen or pencil and mixed-media. Prices vary depending on size, subject matter and media.

We are delighted that Mike joined us for the Cult TV Festival in 2006.

You can find out more about him by visiting Mike's website at: www.goodchild.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk.


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